It is not every day that one gets to describe a drag race. Bugatti has revealed a video and several images showing off the duel that took place at Dassault’s headquarters in France recently.
The drag race took place at an airstrip in Landivisiau, northwest France. The Chiron featured in the drag race is one of the only 20 units ever made of the ‘Les Légendes du Ciel’ edition. It is the French luxury marque’s way of honouring French aviation and the former Bugatti drivers of the golden age who also piloted airplanes.
The special edition Bugatti Chiron Sport ‘Les LeÌ gendes du Ciel,’ limited to just 20 units, packs a 8.0-litre W16 engine delivering a bonkers 1,500PS of power and 1,600Nm of torque. Paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, and all-wheel drive, the hypercar is capable of a top speed of 420kmph.
The Bugatti Chiron Sport takes the lead soon after setting off. The hyper sports car accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.4 seconds and to 200 km/h in 6.1 seconds. It takes 13.1 seconds to hit a speed of 300 km/h and 32.6 seconds to accelerate to 400 km/h, a speed at which pilot, Etienne, and the Rafale Marine look to match to take off. The aircraft hits 165 km/h after 150 meters and 210 km/h after 250 meters, and takes off after 450 meters at around 260 km/h.
“I moved away from the Rafale for the first few hundred meters, but after a few hundred more meters, he was about 20 meters above and next to me in the tunes. An incredible and fantastic spectacle,” explains Pierre-Henri Raphanel.